Introducing Hollands :
by Tiffany Daniels
January 5th, 2014
Music is in this duo’s blood. Comprising John-Paul Norpoth, the son of a classical flautist, and his wife Jannina Norpoth, the daughter of Detroit’s jazz guitarist Spencer Barefield – the more traditional musical leanings of their parents barely hint at the melodic pop goodness of Hollands. Based in New York, the band’s debut album Restless Youth was quietly released at the end of last year, but it’s never too late to catch up with an act that quotes influences as diverse as Arcade Fireand Bob Dylan.
In truth, Hollands draw better comparison to fellow indie-poppers Tennis, The Flaming Lips at their most accessible, or even the West Coast fuzz of Port O’Brien. There’s also a timeless quality to lead track “Great White Shark” that suggests a thirst for songwriting perfection that will eventually lead to underground and cult dominance. Hollands make the kind of music you can play and play again until your heart’s content or your speakers wear thin, whichever happens first.
Despite being relatively unknown on the UK scene, Hollands have at least kicked up a fuss on the other side of the Atlantic – with decent press from Earmilk, All Music and Relix Magazine all under their belt. Restless Youth was released on 11th November 2014 through the band’s own label.